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on egypt and on yemen and the protests of u.s. embassies in those countries and in about nine other countries around the globe today. these protests flaring in response to a cure, obscure, anti-muslim video of still murky origins. nbc's richard engel is going to be joining us live from cairo shortly be the latest news from there. see, these are images from cairo. people still gathered near the u.s. embassy, still rather hairy situation as you can see there. we'll be checking in with richard momentarily. >>> when moammar gadhafi was still alive, when he was still the dictator of libya, gadhafi had a plan to settle the conflict between israel and the palestinians. to settle that issue once and for all in a very simple way, all you had to do, he said, was make a new place. a new place that would be called isratine. so it was like israel and palestine but you combined them so it would be isratine. he thought just calling a new place that would settle everything. moammar gadhafi also had a condoleezza price problem in he loved condoleezza rice too much. when his compound in tripoli was o
international sensitivity, like we are in today, in the wake of the deadly attack on americans at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, in the last 24 hours, at times like this, frankly all of any president's public appearances have a higher than normal potential to make real news. so we are going to be monitoring the president's campaign speech, and if he makes comments about the protests in libya, we will bring that to you. the president just sat down with an interview with jose diaz balart, the host of telemundo on our sister network. excerpts of this interview are going to air on telemundo tomorrow morning and also ton their nightly news show jose diaz balart at 6:30 p.m. but what we've got right now is exclusive. with you're about to see here has not been seen anywhere until now. this is the president of the united states, giving his first extended response to questions about yesterday's events in benghazi, libya and in cairo, egypt. >> mr. president, for the first time since 1979, a sitting ambassador, christopher stevens, plus three other americans were killed in the line of duty.
. at the u.s. kons late in benghazi, at least one american staff member was killed after they stormed the compound and burned it down. looking at the scene, you can hear gunshots going off. the attackers were armed with automatic rifles and grenades. libyan forces stationed there were said to have done little to stop the violence. in egypt, protesters scaled walls destroying the american flag, ripping it to shreds and replacing it with a black, islamic banner. the diplomatic staff had been evacua evacuated. both incidents in reaction to a little known akture movie produced in the u.s. po ridicule the profit mo hammed. the same guy that triggered deadly riots in afghanistan by threatening to burn the koran. the american embassy prepared a statement reading the united states embassy condemns the efforts of misguided individuals to hurt the feelings of muslims. respect for religious beliefs is a corner stone of american democracy. we reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt others. romney holding political attacks lifted the embargo shortly after m
to bless the united states of america. thank you. >> a somber u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton, talking about the attack that killed four americans in benghazi, libya, including u.s. ambassador, chris stevens with a moving tribute to him and the others. she said this is an attack that should attack the conscience of people of all faiths around the world. we should tell you and we can take a live look at the white house right now. we are also waiting for a statement from president obama about the death of ambassador chris stevens in addition we are also going to be hearing from mitt romney a little later. let's go to our white house correspondent, chuck todd. >> i think we will hear similar words. but it's important that you did hear from secretary clinton first, and let me tell you why. thesediplomats. there are friends and donors in the safe countries in the safe allies, and then people like chris stevens who work under any administration, democrat or republican, and this was almost an attempt bisect clinton as a morale boost to the other career diplomats that are working in c
fast. chuck's up next with the daily rundown. take it away. >>> violence in libya. the u.s. ambassador and three others are killed as the consulate burns. in cairo, mobs tear down the u.s. flag. outrage over an obscure online video that is said to have denounced islam. the administration has embassies around the world in countries with large muslim populations on high alert. we're live in cairo. in a flash, though, this crisis turned political. on 9/11 no less. governor romney calls the u.s. response disgraceful, the obama campaign says they're shocked by his response. the mud slinging started before it was even kay break and before we knew how many u.s. officials had been killed. plus as president clinton stumps for president obama in florida, paul ryan releases new ads in his home state of wisconsin to keep his house seat. it's a busy day in political news, too. we'll try to cover it all. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, september 12th, this is the daily rundown. let's get to my first reads. a day that started with a campaign pause for sole almost remembrances on 9/11 en
is when then-president george w. bush ordered the u.s.-led invasion of iraq, march 2003. it was also the month when it was ordered that the flag-draped coffins of american service members killed abroad could not be photographed when those coffins got back to the united states. that change in policy under george w. bush was a source of anger and controversy. it is why coffins were sometimes used in anti-iraq war protests to visually represent those real caskets of americans killed in the war that the bush administration would not allow the country to see. the bush administration banned the media from showing those dignified transfer ceremonies as the invasion of iraq started in 2003. and they kept the policy in place throughout george w. bush's time in office. as the country waged two of the longest wars in our history. it was not until the new president replaced george w. bush that the ban was rescinded. on thursday, february 26th, 2009, just five weeks after president barack obama was inaugurated, the defense department lifted the ban and one week after the ban was lifted, the follo
." >> reporter: a modern day drama beat out a '60s one sunday night. first year conspiracy thriller "homeland" broke "madmen's" four year winning streak as best tv drama. >> we're a little startled by this. >> reporter: claire daines also won best actress. her co-star took best actor beating out bryan cranston of "breaking bad" and "madmen" nominee jon hamm. >> i don't really believe in judging art, but i thought i'd show up just in case. >> reporter: and while one streak ended -- >> "modern family." >> reporter: it was a three-peat for "modern family." >> this is an embarrassment of riches. honors for lead acting went to jon cryer for ""two and a half men"." >> something has clearly gone terribly wrong. >> reporter: and julia louis dreyfus for "veep." >> i don't see anything funny about me being vice president of the united states. >> reporter: julian moore earned best actress in a miniseries or movie for "game change." >> i feel so validated because sarah palin gave me a big thumbs down. >> reporter: "hatfields & mccoys"' kevin costner won best actor. make it ten years in a row for jon stew
, and before we knew that an ambassador had been killed and that romney was responding to a statement from a u.s. embassy who at the time was trying to quell protesters and it's a statement that the white house later backtracked from, as romney noted there, but clearly he decided politically, and he may have been right, it would have been worse for him to back down from the statement that he did overnight, that he had no choice but to, quote, unquote, double down with his criticism. and it sparks the debate on the management of the arab spring, which is the conversation to have about the relationship between the united states and egypt, and how much of an ally is egypt? he is drawing lines in the sand earlier than you would expect at a time like this when a challenger realizes he can't compete with the rose garden. >> take a look. >> i spoke out when the key fact that i referred to was known, which was that the embassy of the united states issued what appeared to be an apology for american principles. that was a mistake. i believe when a mistake is made of that significance, you speak out. >> ch
justice will be done after the horrific killing of the u.s. ambassador to libya. >>> money out the window. bank robbery suspects hurl cash during a high-speed police chase. >>> baby guz. what duchess kate has been turning down sparking pregnancy rumors. >>> good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with firing back. in response to deadly attacks in libya that killed a u.s. ambassador and three diplomats, an elite group of marines has been sent to ramp up security in libya's capital. this as the obama administration responds to criticism from republican rival mitt romney while investigating whether the attacks were specifically coordinated to take place on the anniversary of 9/11. nbc's tracie potts has more from washington. good morning. >> reporter: march rarks here on capitol hill, the senate approved a resolution honoring the victims and calling this attack unacceptable and unjust find. a nation in mourning as the bodies of four americans including ambassador chris stevens arrive home. flags are at half staff in d.c. overnight, a vigi
attacks on u.s. forces in afghanistan, and the ongoing investigation. >> that deadly attack at the u.s. consulate in libya, we've got both covered for you with two live reports from the regions. we begin first with nbc's atia abawi joining me live from kabul. atia, we've had insighter attacks, we have -- insider attacks, u.s. forces, nato attacks against civilians, but most notably perhaps we've had that attack, the taliban claiming responsibility for the attack on a key u.s. base, u.s. joint nato base on friday. >> that's right, andrea. it's ban violent weekend here in afghanistan and it started friday night in the overnight hours when the taliban breached the perimeter of that nato base you're talking about. one of the largest nato bases the afghanistan i should say. when i've been there, i thought it would be possible to breach but -- impossible to breach, but 15 made their way in, killed two u.s. marines in their attack and destroyed u.s. marine harrier jets on the runway there, causing millions, hundreds of millions of dollars of damage and then this weekend we saw more of these i
and two former navy s.e.a.l.s who died trying to protect the consulate survivors. and here in the u.s., the white house is not backing down from the critique of president obama unlike mitt romney. >> i said that the statement was inappropriate, and that is why they backed away from it. >> and no direct response to when the president says you shoot first and aim litter. >> well, this is politics. >> and as he attacks his own party and some are questioning the wisdomf of the assault and the foreign policy advisers. >> it is amateur, and if e had not embarrassed himself and ernl internally the campaign understands he screwed up. >> whoever is advising mitt romney, and whoever is running this campaign is a disaster. >> all of this as a new nbc news/marist/"wall street journal" poll is showing that things are heating up in the race for the white house. but first, what is taking place in the middle east, and jim maceda is following the events there in cairo. jim, explain what we have seen and if not, are the calling for calm working for what we are witness ing on t witnessing on the ground?
two u.s. marines. unlike previous attacks, this time the taliban says it was in response to the same anti-muslim film that set off a swell of violent protests in other parts of the region. libya, egypt, morocco, pakistan, algeria, kuwait, india, iraq just to name a few. in tunisia yesterday protesters breached the wall of the u.s. embassy where two people have died and 29 others have been hurt. in sudan, meanwhile, demonstrators got both the u.s. and german embassies and managed to set fire to the latter. a 14-minute video on youtube called "the innocence of muslims." nbc news has decided not to show any images from the film. the man behind the film, an egyptian born christian koptic was taken into custody earlier this morning and questioned by federal authorities reportedly about whether his involvement in this film may have violated terms of his probation. on thursday secretary of state tried to tamp down the religious outrage by denouncing the film. >> let me state very clearly, and i hope it is obvious, that the united states government had absolutely nothing to do with this vide
in afghanistan, taliban insurgents killed two u.s. marines and damaged more than $200 million worth of equipment in an attack on a fortified compound. eight attack jets were severely damaged in what officials are calling a, quote, very sophisticated attack. investigators now trying to determine if militants who were wearing afghan army uniforms to penetrate the heavily guarded camp in helmand province had help from inside the base. it's the same base where prince harry has been stationed for a tour of duty as a helicopter pilot. >>> in addition to that raid late friday, at least six coalition service members were killed by afghan security forces in so-called insider attacks. meanwhile, afghan president hamid karzai is denouncing a series of nato air strikes early yesterday that killed at least eight female civilians. nbc is live in kabul this morning. atia, what is the very latest on all that's going on there? >> reporter: good morning, willie. today we saw our first violent protest when it came to that anti-islamic movie. they've ended fairly peacefully throughout the country, but today outside
important day in the u.s. presidential race. in response to the awful attacks in libya, mitt romney said something that was genuinely unbelievable. and then more amazing, he doubled down on it. this is the kind of thing, the kind of day we could look back on the 2012 campaign and say, yeah, romney just never quite managed to recover from that. here's romney and obama today. >> i think it's a -- a -- a terrible course for america, to stand in apology for our values. >> there's a broader lesson to be learned here, and you know, governor romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. and as president, one of the things i've learned is that you can't do that. it's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you've thought through the ramifications before you make them. >> we will get into all of that tonight. i promise you will we will do the campaign in detail. but before we do, in an election year, presidential politics has a tendency to overshadow everything else. there's a tendency to only care about real genuinely i
at pushing back the taliban and buying time to build and train the afghan army. the return of u.s. forces to presurge levels comes at an alarming string of so-called insider attacks with members of the afghan security forces turning their guns on the very people who have been training them. that led the united states military this week to suspend most joint field operations with afghan forces. it's also raised serious new questions about how to stabilize the country before most combat troops withdraw by the end of 2014. >>> and for days now we've heard conflicting versions about what happened that night at the u.s. consulate in libya when four americans were killed including two former navy s.e.a.l.s. there were initial reports it was a protest gone violent. stemming from a video considered insulting to islam. but now the white house is labeling what happened in benghazi an act of terrorism. secretary of state hillary clinton says the united states government has now opened a new inquiry into the attack, an attack libya insists was preplanned. president obama says it's still unclear wheth
pause to remember the worst ever terrorist attack on u.s. soil. >>> insult to injury. a california woman getting carjacked, then slammed by her own vehicle. >>> old meets new. jetman makes a speck tack legislature stunt. good morning, those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with a day to reflect. 11 years ago today, terrorists attacked this country in an unprecedented asult killing nearly 3,000 people. today, ceremonies will be held in three locations. including the world trade center. daniele joins us from ground zero. good morning. >> good morning. the pools behind me will feature six moments of silence. they will have a ring of the names of the victims. it will be smaller than in years past. one year after their debut, these reflecting pools sitting in place of the fallen world towers will once again be front and center. while is country isn't forgetting the people lost in the september 11th terrorist attacks. this year much is changed. last year, politicians were asked not to speak. only relatives will read the names of the
will have to see how they respond to this incident. >> not an ally and not an enemy. two u.s. warships are moving in to coast along the coast of libya as the hunt continues for killers of four americans. president obama vowing justice and continuing search for the murderers and their motive. >> as for the ones we lost last night, i want to assure you we will bring their killers to justice. >> meanwhile mitt romney will hold a campaign event in virginia within the hour still causing a stir after doubling down on his criticism of president obama as an poll guest in chief. politicians here and home and oversay sea oversay sees debating the judgment. >> these are moments that test the characters of the candidates. >> there is a lack of leadership there and that's what i would be hoping about and i hope mitt romney will be looking at the big picture. >> i think it was a big mistake. and it was because we're at the point of the campaign now where these impressions start to harden into concrete. >> you know what else it was, it was desperate. it was a desperate political tactic at a time that
. this is the first time romney has not led on that question. this latest polling is after the u.s. embassy attacks. 49% approve of foreign policy. last month that number was 54. this poll was taken before the release of mitt romney's remarks of the florida fund-raiser where he claimed nearly half the country believes they are victims who don't pay federal income tax. last night, president obama was here in new york and sat down with david letterman where he discussed those remarks for the first time. >> well, i don't know what he was referring to. i can tell you this, um, when i won in 2008, 47% of the american people voted for john mccain, they didn't vote for me. when i said on election night was even though you didn't vote for me, i hear your voices and i'm going to work as hard as i can to be your president. and, one of the things i have learned as president is you represent the entire country and when i meet republicans as i'm traveling around the country, they are hard working family people who care deeply about this country and my expectation is that if you want to be president, you have to
like it before. >> i have been involved in presidential politics since the '70s, that is a very long time. i never heard any republican or democratic candidate for president write off almost half the people, show disdain for almost half the people. i never saw a candidate who would refuse to put out his income tax -- if he thinks paying income tax is so important, show us the money. show us the tax returns. it's rather stunning to me, the whole thing. >> lean forward with "rachel maddow show" here on msnbc, the place for politics. >>> a top u.s. security official said the deadly attack in libya on september 11th where the american ambassador was a terrorist strike. they doubt it started as a spontaneous protest. daniele has more from washington. >> reporter: sitting before the homeland security committee, three top officials called this scene last week, the deadly assault in libya where four americans died. evidence the u.s. continues to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. much else remains unanswered. was al qaeda involved? >> we are looking at indications individuals may have had c
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tamron hall. following developments of four diplomats killed in benghazi. right now, hundreds of u.s. marines are on their way to bolster security at the u.s. embassy in tripoli as embassies across the region are on high alert. meanwhile, americans in algeria and egypt told to avoid crowded places. the violence started with the storming of the u.s. embassy in cairo yesterday. protesters ripped down the american flag. all of this thought to be at this point a reaction to an obscure american-made film posted on the internet that rid cutes prophet muhammad. hillary clinton and president obama promised swift action. >> today we mourn four more americans who represent the very best of the united states of america. we will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act and make no mistake, justice will be done. >> the friendship between our countries born out of shared struggle will not be another casualty of this attack. a free and stable libya is still in america's interest and security. and we will not turn our back on that. >> meanwhile, mitt romney cond
and water cannons to drive them back. secretary of state hillary clinton says the u.s. is closely watching the developments in yemen and across the region. >> we certainly hope and expect that there will be steps taken to avoid violence and prevent the escalation of protests into violence. >> protestors are back for a third day of riots in cairo, egypt where mass demonstrations are planned for tomorrow. all non-emergency personnel have been ordered out of libya. the pentagon has an additional warship off the libyan coast and a second one will arrive today. president obama spoke to the leaders from yemen and libya last night and asked for the assist en. today we learned one of the identity of the american security guards killed in libya. glen doherty was a private security guard and former navy s.e.a.l. nbc jim maceda is on the ground in cairo. there are calls there, so what's the mood there today? >> reporter: hi. well, those calls for mass protests come from none other than the president himself, mohamed morsi. however, in the same statement, in the same breath almost he demanded that the
then told telemundo he doesn't consider -- changed poll. >> egypt a u.s. ally and this tortured dance of -- nato ally -- let's get to the nbc news/mare rist, wall street journal poll and we want to dot battleground check. >> right. >> the nbc news/"wall street journal" marist poll of three battleground states show the president ahead and importantly as you point out, that the right track/wrong track -- >> put it in context. polls are connected sunday through tuesday. this is -- >> and you look at it and it seems consistent with the bounce we saw in some national polls. here it is. it is those five-point leads in florida and virginia that seven-point lead in ohio, people asking about the party and sampling, florida and virginia a little less democratic than what the exit polls showed in 2008. ohio a little more. but they also fit with what we know the campaigns are seeing which is the president got a bump. the question now, does it dissipate or not? i think that is of a concern to the romney campaign. >> this just in as they say, the romney camp has announced senator mccain will be hol
a building outside the u.s. consulate. >>> but perhaps the most dramatic and compelling developments of the day come from libya where the u.s. government is making a big push to solve the murder of four americans, including the u.s. ambassador to libya. our nbc reporter is in benghazi as police close in on the consulate attackers. >> reporter: a team of fbi investigators has arrived here in benghazi. they're gogt to now begin sifting through the rebel and ashes at the u.s. consulate to identify any clues or evidence that may help them in identifying who is behind the attack that killed the u.s. ambassador and three other americans. we also understand that the libyan government for their part is cooperating with the u.s. intelligence agencies and other agencies involved in the investigation. the libyan government believes that this was a preplanned attack, that this was not a spontaneous outburst of violence as some have suggested. so far they have four individuals in their custody. they say several more are under surveillance. they are trying to see whether these individuals have any
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starting next week. >>> al qaeda's branch in north africa is calling for more attacks on u.s. diplomats and protests against the anti-muslim video that insults the profit muhammad. they told lawrence o'donnell they are not spontaneous protests. >> it becomes clear about the response, this is a manufactured response. i feel that one of the things that started in the case of this and has grown since then is this, what i call an outrage industry. there are people in the islamic world whose job it is to find flash points and then use them to launch a larger, if you like, attack against american values and american personnel. >> don't miss the lawrence o'donnell show. it has the last word on the biggest issues and most compelling stories of the day. it airs at 10:00 p.m. eastern only on msnbc, the place for politics. >>> all right, here is your "first look" at news going on around america today. to new york, this dramatic attack inside a laundromat. the victim was punched and beaten with a large stick as two men and two women rob the place. one of the men can be seen with a cash register. po
of the u.s. embassy for a long time now and they were the core group that went out yesterday organized this demonstration and then the demonstration got out of hand, so to speak, and some of the people climbed into the embassy itself, didn't attack anyone, but pulled down an american flag and put up a black islamic flag. no u.s. personnel were at risk in that incident, but what it did show is a glaring lack of response from the new islamic leaning egyptian government. what happened in benghazi was a very different kind of attack. this was a commando raid according to accounts by the libyan -- by various libyan security officials including ones we've spoken to who describe commandos, militants, showing up, attacking with rpgs, with military-style formation, at least two phases of the attack. it's a different kind of thing. i'm not saying that they -- both were inspired we are told, by this internet video, but one was a popular feeling and agitation in which people climbed over a wall and pulled down a flag, the other was a -- looks more like an al qaeda-style raid on a consulate that en
on friday and tuesday riders stormed the consulate with rocket-propelled grenades. u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed trying to get to safety. secretary of state hillary clinton pointed out some libyans did fight with the americans, led others to safety and carried the ambassador's body to the hospital. she, the president and mitt romney condemned the attacks strongly. >> this is an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world. this was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people or government of libya. but let me be clear. there is no justification for this. none. violence like this is no way to honor religion or faith. >> the world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutdal acts. these four americans stood up for freedom and human dignity. we will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act and make no mistake. justice will be done. >> this attack on american individuals and embassies is outrageous. it's disgusting. it breaks the hearts of all of us. we canno
the market has come roaring back s that recovery a sign of real health or just another lucky spin of the weechlt our deep dive today. >>> good morning from washington. this is daily rundown, i'm chuck todd. la shana tova. >>> protest continue dying down. if itten it is, could put the campaign on the offensive for the long-term and become a problem in the election. on sunday, in the third insider attack in as many days, afghan police turned their guns on u.s. and nato troops, killing four american soldiers who were called to assist an afghan police checkpoint. also over the weekend, u.s. ordered nonessential u.s. embassy staff to leave the sudan and tunesia, the site of some of the most violent protest. 50 marines were deployed to yemen to secure the compound n libya, an fbi investigation into the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi under way. sunday, libyan and u.s. officials had two very different versions of what happened. >> the way these perpetrators acted and moved, this leaves us with no doubt that this was preplanned. >> what happened in ben gghazi s a reaction to what
's get to work. the four victims of the assault on the u.s. diplomatic mission in benghazi, libya, were honored today at andrews air force base. coffins carrying the bodies of the slain diplomats arrived in the united states on a military plane from libya. president obama spoke of the sacrifice made by the foreign service workers. the president was joined by his national security team including secretary of state hillary clinton. overseas protests spread across 17 different countries in the middle east as anger mounted over a strange and mysterious and very low-budget film denigrating the prophet muham d muhammad. in cairo, one protester was killed today in a clash with police blocking the way to the u.s. embassy. we'll be monitoring the events in the middle east and will bring you developments immediately. back here, there has been a key question since the romney/ryan ticket launched their attack on the obama administration's handling of the events in libya and egypt. that question is, what would they is done differently? and the answer, according to the romney/ryan campaign, is if we
of four americans at the u.s. embassy in benghazi. the libyan city america helped free from the oppressive regime of moammar gadhafi. chris stevens was among the americans killed after protesters stormed the embassy last night. demonstrators also swarmed the u.s. embassy in cairo, scaling the walls and tearing apart the american flag. the attacks are believed to be in reaction to a obscure movie film in the u.s. by an israeli citizen one that ridicules islam and the prophet mohammed. today, flags at the capitol have been lowered to half mast and the president spoke earlier in the rose garden addressing the tragedy. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. since our founding, the united states has been a nation that respects all faiths. we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. none. >> not content to sit on the sidelines at a critical moment in his presidential campaign, governor mitt romney plunged himself into the middle of this developin
who exactly was behind last week's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. nbc's brian mooar has details. >> reporter: was the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya spontaneous, or did terrorists use a protest over an anti-islamic film as cover? >> opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons which unfortunately are readily available in post-revolutionary lib libya. >> reporter: libya's interim president says it was coordinated by not by libyans. >> it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago. >> reporter: libyan officials say they have rounded up dozens of suspects. the fbi is hoping to deliver a definitive answer on what happened but has been unable to reach the consulate in benghazi because it's still too dangerous. the waves of anti-american protests from north africa to asia appear to be ebbing but critics of current u.s. policy say the protests are not the problem. they're a symptom. >> if we all decide to rally around the video as a problem, we are going to make a s
u.s. marines were killed friday at the british airfield in southwestern afghanistan. the insurgents involved in friday's attack wore u.s. army uniforms and suicide vests, indicating an elaborated, coordinated attack. >> reporter: good evening there, craig. it was a very deadly weekend here in afghanistan. both nato service members as well as civilian lives lost today. there was also a nato air strike that killed eight afghan women as they were trying to gather wood for the coming winter. they were mistaken for insurgent fighters. the nato called in an air strike killing them. they've apologized for the incident, but obviously president karzai is upset here. also a deadly weekend when it comes to nato service members. two members were killed on friday during an elaborate attack when the taliban were able to breach the perimeter of the air base. it's stunning that the taliban, 15 fighters, were able to do that, killing two u.s. marines and destroying aircraft on that base. then yesterday, two british soldiers were killed by an afghan police officer who turned their gun on them. today,
. the u.s. responded quickly calling that comment disgusting, offensive and outrageous. lynn? >> tracie, thanks. >>> elsewhere. missouri senate candidate todd akin again says he will stay in the race despite his controversial comment on rape last month. today is the deadline to get a court order to drop out of the race. after last month's interview, he lost most republican campaign money, but now a conservative fund-raising pac is seriously considering whether to come to akin's aid because he may have a legitimate chance to beat claire mccaskill. >>> well, newly release the numbers show the high school class of 2012 had s.a.t. reading scores that hit a four decade low. it focuses on reading, sentence structure and vocabulary. and it's been gradually declining for years. a majority of test takers, 57%, didn't even score high enough to indicate likely success in college. but many experts attribute the to continue decline to a record number of students taking the test including 1/4 from low income backgrounds. just a reminder for you, be sure to tune in to our coverage off education nation
. demonstrations erupt near the u.s. embassy in yemen one day after the ambassador and three other americans were killed in libya. >>> a mob tried to overrun the embassy wall in cairo. an expanding foreign policy crisis for president obama. >>> meanwhile, on the political front, mitt romney stands by his criticism of the obama administration's handling of the volatile situation in the middle east. those same conservative voices who were knocking on monday are singing romney's praises now. >>> also this morning, former florida governor charlie crist says the gop left him, now he's moving left to help president obama get re-elected. account ex-gov gin up some love in the sunshine state? >>> good morning from washington. it is thursday, september 13, 2012. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. >>> we begin with another tumultuous day in the middle east. is president obama dealing with a full fledged foreign policy crisis? sure looks like it this morning. froefts in the arab world linked to an amateur film denouncing islam fueling the demonstrations. hundreds stormed the u.s. embassy grounds i
. earlier today in yemen, protesters stemmed the u.s. embassy in the capital city of sanaa. security forces used tear gas to disperse demonstrators after fires were set and rocks were thrown at the compound. we are going to keep monitoring this situation for you throughout the show tonight. if anything happens, we'll go to it live immediately. >>> but as the situation becomes increasingly volatile and traumatic overseas, the stakes have been quite raised for the presidential candidates here at home. this is actually -- this has highlighted a central thing the campaigns are there to do for us, for the american people. we are considering people who haven't been president before, who have never woken up or been woken up in the middle of the night by a call that says, sir, we have a dozen diplomats trapped under gunfire in a libyan consulate. that's part of what a campaign is, trying to figure out how the men and women will respond to that call. you probably remember this ad during the '08 democratic primaries. it put this choice in fairly stark terms. >> it's 3:00 a.m. and your children are sa
stooerevens. he's former navy s.e.a.l. glenn daughtry. he served in iraq and afghanistan. on the ground today more u.s. embassies under siege. the latest in yemen where protestors stormed the embassy, burned the american flag. in egypt security forces have been clashing much of the day with anti-american demonstrators while off the coast of libya, u.s. navy ships have now moved into place. there are warnings across the middle east of massive new demonstrations outside u.s. embassies friday, tomorrow. officials are urging americans to stay off the streets. in the past hour president obama issued a new warning. >> i want people around the world to hear me, to all those that would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. it will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. no act of violence shakes the resolve of the united states of america. >> earlier today secretary of state hillary clinton stepped up her criticism of the anti-muslim film that first prompted the protests. >> to us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensib reprehen
at this tranquil setting here on coney island beach. s because it looks phenomenal. but below the water surface we have threat of rip currents. it's not just here. to goes from maine to miami. the reason why is we have tropical storm leslie churning in the atlantic as that enhances the wave action along the eastern seaseaboard, it will ca the water to pile up in some places. when that water piles up on the shoreline, alex, it doesn't stay anchored there. it has to go back into deeper water. when that occurs at a quick, accelerated rate, it actually cuts a groove right through the sandbar. those grooves cause the water to move very quickly, at times up to eight feet per second. that could knock you off your feet, pull you into deeper water. that's when panic sets in. 80% of all lifeguard rescues have to do with rip currents, and they were very busy yesterday along the jersey shore, in fact, rescuing three people in a short amount of time. people aren't supposed to get in the water today. you see a couple out here. we may have a few rescues before the day is out. >> really awesome explanation on rip
movie is not a crime. >> thank you. >>> help is on the way for the u.s. economy. the federal reserve plans to spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds to encourage consumer spending, more investment and create more jobs. daniel lee reports from washington. >> reporter: u.s. stocks went up in minutes over stimulating a slow economy by making it cheaper for businesses to borrow and spend. ben bernanke hopes it will trickle down to the unemployed. >> the economy appears to be on a path of recovery, it's not moving fast enough. >> reporter: job seekers were hit by disappointing job numbers in august. fewer than july and well under the 200,000 jobs needed a month to lower unemployment. >> what we are about is trying to get jobs going. >> reporter: the feds will buy $40 billion a month undefinitely, keeping interest rates low. >> we're going to have to see if it works. >> reporter: financial experts are leery wondering of unintended consequences. >> it is, once again, underscoring the bad economic policies we have been seeing. >> reporter: bernanke disagrees. he thinks it will reduc
attack as early as may 1, 2001. it's titled bin laden determined to strike in the u.s. those warnings included reports of a bin laden terror cell present in the united states at that point. he claims white house officials were dismissive of the information. he writes some of the administration considered the warning to be bluster. an intelligence official told me in interviews the neoconservative leaders were warning the white house that the cia had been fooled. according to this theory, bin laden was planning an attack to distract them from saddam hussein who they saw as a greater threat. intelligence officials protested the idea of bin laden conspireing with mr. hussein saying it was ridiculous. the neoconservative suspicions were carrying the day. the cia prepared an analysis to accept the danger from bin laden was real. that exert in the new york times. he'll join us on "morning joe" to talk about this piece and his book, "500 days." we'll ask how he came across this and how it stacked up against other terror warnings that came across the president's desk at that time. >>> we were
made his worldwide religious and business phenomenon in the 1970s. he was the self-proclaimed messiah of a religion that was regarded by some as a cult. he is best known for mass weddings of thousands of his followers. >>> six days after isaac ravaged the state more than 200,000 people across louisiana are still without power this morning. while some residents in hard-hit plaquemines parish say they are cleaning up for the last time, others are questioning whether post-katrina upgrades hurt surrounding areas. >> reporter: the flooding is slowly receding across southern louisiana. but the threat of high water has some neighborhoods still on high alert. some officials are considering evacuations of 5,000 homes. >> we don't do this lightly because we don't want people out of their homes. but safety is first. >> reporter: as power crews work to restore electricity to the more than 200,000 still in the dark, the rebuilding in the bayou has begun. but for many residents, losing everything again. >> second time around. >> reporter: -- is making them think twice about not staying. >> we're th
are gathering for a fourth straight day outside the u.s. embassy. the riot police are there, dodging projectiles. that's a live picture at 11:30 in the morning in cairo. protesters demanding vengeance for an obscure internet movie they find offensive that was produced in the united states. the government repeated they have no affiliation with the movie. president obama had a blunt late night phone call with egypt's new president, morsi. president obama warning it could be jeopardizes if they don't take a stand against american attacks. too little too late. morsi asked for $5 billion in loans from the inf telling egyptians it is their duty to protect our guests. in yemens a mob scene. they evacuated to a safe location and no embassy staff was injured. there was still plenty of damage as you can see in the pictures. hundreds of protesters tore through the security wall and smashed bullet-proof windows and torching cars. yemen's president immediately apologized to president obama for the attacks. >>> new developments on the attack in benghazi. we'll get the latest on that. first, we go to cairo. ji
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